49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is getting a lot of flack for refusing to stand up for the National Anthem during a recent pre-season NFL game. Kaepernick, who’s biracial and was adopted by white parents, said he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
Many of CK’s NFL peers like Victor Cruz, Alex Boone and Drew Brees have spoken out demonizing his actions. Surprisingly to some, however, neither the NFL nor the 49ers will be punishing him. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “Players are encouraged to stand but not required.” Niners coach Chip Kelly said, “We recognize his right to express his feelings.”
Meanwhile, others in Hollywood have began to show their support for Kaepernick. On Tuesday, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in on the controversy in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.
“What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote, referring to prominent protests by black athletes that were once considered controversial but have since become iconic symbols of the U.S. civil rights movement.
Mark Cuban, rapper T.I., Tina Lawson, John Legend, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and Terrell Owens also have come to his defense. Hit the flip to see their reactions.
Khloe Kardashian Wants A Makeup Line Too … But Why?
It’s no secret that when it comes to the Kardashian clan, the family does not pass up a lucrative deal. Now, on the horizon for the already rich middle Kardashian, Khloe, she is diving into the makeup game.
Khloe is now the latest Kardashian/Jenner sister to kick start a cosmetics line. Apparently, the reality star and expecting mother trademarked paperwork for “KOKO Kollection by Khloé Kardashian” and “KOKO Kollection.” Per the report, “her application covers a broad range of makeup merch.”
The chatter comes just days after reports surfaced that Kourtney Kardashian also trademarked makeup lines “Kourt” and “2Die4Kourt.” Yes, folks; this means Kim, Kylie, Kourtney AND Khloe will have makeup products available for purchase.
It’s one thing for Kim and Kylie to jump head first into the cosmetics game, after all, makeup and beauty has been their brand for years. But Kourtney doesn’t strike us as a cosmetics girl, rather, an interior designer. Maybe she should jump into the decor world. But we digress.
As for Khloe we ask, simply: WHY? What more can or will she do that hasn’t already been done? Is makeup a large part of her brand? No, but it is a pay check.
It’s unclear when the soon-to-be-mom plans on launching the line, but our guess is not in the upcoming months; for she is due this Spring.
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